|The Instrument 1 from Nashville-based Artiphon can be played as a guitar, bass or banjo, a piano or keyboard, as drums or as a violin and it records vocals - all controlled using a docked iPhone or iPod Touch|
The one-man band has had a 21st Century makeover.
A Nashville musician and university lecturer has designed a multi-instrument gadget that can switch from being a guitar to a banjo to a piano to a violin and even a set of drums at the tap of a button.
The Instrument 1 is light enough to wear around your shoulders - or rest on your lap - comes with a built-in amplifer, records vocals through a microphone - and is completely controlled using just an iPhone.
To use the multi-instrument device an iPhone or iPod Touch is connected to a built-in dock.
|To use the multi-instrument device an iPhone or iPod Touch is connected to a built-in dock, pictured. The device can then be used with apps such as Garageband, Auria as well as Ableton and Pro Tools to lay down tracks|
The device can then be used with apps such as Garageband, Auria as well as Ableton and Pro Tools to lay down tracks.
Once connected the Instrument 1 can be attached to a guitar strap and picked or strummed in the traditional way using a 'touch and velocity-sensitive strum section.'
The versatile piece of kit can be played as a guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin or any stringed instrument.
To use the instrument like a piano, users can lay it across their knees and play the fingerboard keys.
A musician can also tap the Instrument 1's touch panels to use it as a set of drums, or tuck it under their chin to play it like a violin.
|The Instrument 1 has built-in BMR speakers with 100 Hz - 20 kHz frequency range as well as a 30-watt Class-D amp combination used for playback. A headphone jack lets you listen to compositions privately too|
The Instrument 1 additionally comes with a microphone input that lets singers add vocals to a composition.
It has built-in BMR speakers with 100 Hz - 20 kHz frequency range and a 30-watt Class-D amp combination for playback.
There is a headphone jack, too.
On one side of the central dock is a pick section that looks like a covered guitar pickup with added ridges.
On the other side of the dock is touch fingerboard with fret-like markings and tactile position markers.
The Instrument 1 is sold with preset configurations for guitar, banjo, bass and piano but these can be customised and other instruments added.
|Pitch, bass and tone of the instrument can be controlled using the docked iPhone or iPod Touch. The Instrument 1 also comes with a microphone port that lets singers record vocals and add them directly to music tracks|
Touch controls on the inner handle edge of the Instrument 1 are used to change the settings of the strumming and fretboard sections of the strum section and fretboard interfaces.
The Instrument 1 has been designed to work with Apple devices, however, other controllers can be attached using the MIDI port.
It was created by Mike Butera, a Sociology lecturer at Belmont University. He is also a PhD in sound studies and musician.
The Instrument 1 goes on sale later this year and costs £520 ($799). Reservations can be made at